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Kentucky Derby season draws warnings of human trafficking

Kentucky Derby 2021

LOUISVILLE, KY - MAY 07: Danzing Candy #20, ridden by Mike Smith, and Nyquist #13, ridden by Mario Gutierrez, lead the field around turn one during the 142nd running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on May 07, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Kentucky’s attorney general is urging people to pay attention to more than the horses as the Kentucky Derby approaches.

Authorities are seeking help in cracking down on sex traffickers trying to cash in on the huge crowds converging for the world’s most famous horse race.

Attorney General Andy Beshear is hosting a three-day training session for law enforcement, prosecutors and others as a way to combat human trafficking.

Beshear says the victims are among “the most marginalized in our society.”

Authorities point to some successes in their efforts. A Michigan man convicted of sex trafficking in Kentucky was recently sentenced to nearly 20 years in prison. The man was swept up in a prostitution sting operation about the time of the Derby.

This year’s Kentucky Derby is May 6.